Latest ATH News

  • 16 Jan 2022: The provisional answers have been released.
  • 10 Jan 2022: The 2021 ATH is now closed.
  • 24 Dec 2021: Festive good wishes to all hunters, from The Urban Marsupial Orchestra.
  • 10 Dec 2021: ATH 2021 has begun! The hunt can be accessed here.
  • 01 Dec 2021: The first Advent Calendar door is open!
  • 26 Nov 2021: The poster has been released.
  • 19 May 2021: Future ATH setters are confirmed as The Urban Marsupial Orchestra in honour of James Medhurst (2021), DaphneHQ (2022) and Beet (2023). Volunteers for 2024 and beyond are invited to apply here.
  • 11 Feb 2021: We have some terribly sad news to tell you about James Medhurst, a member of The Urban Marsupial Orchestra team and setter of ATH2021.
Pablo's Armchair Treasure Hunt

Pablo’s Armchair Treasure Hunt

Welcome to Pablo’s Armchair Treasure Hunt! This annual hunt has been running since 1985. Just before Christmas, a setting team buries or hides a small box somewhere in England, and posts on this website a set of elaborate puzzles and clues that reveal the hiding place. The challenge is to be the first to unearth the box, which usually takes a dedicated team anywhere from a week to a month.


ATH 2021 is underway, the hunt can be accessed here. Please note that any times quoted on this site or in email communications are GMT.

Festive good wishes to all solvers of the 2021 ATH. A new door has opened on the Advent Calendar.

If you feel you are not making much progress this year here are a few pieces of advice: the hardest puzzles may not be the ones that ultimately lead you to the treasure and, as is often the case, not all the puzzles need to be solved for you to find it.

Advance notice of hunt close: this year’s ATH will close at 22:00 on Monday 10 January 2022. Please ensure your team captain submits your answers to us in document format by this time (email theurbanmarsupialorchestra@gmail.com with the subject line '<Team name> ATH2021 Solution'), regardless of whether you were able to locate the treasure.

Teams are also invited to share their ATH stories - there will be a prize for our favourite story!

27 Dec 2021 Update: Please note that the barcode on the 24 December advent calendar entry is entirely for aesthetic purposes. The advent calendar entry has been updated with a barcode which simply reads 1234567890 to avoid any future confusion.

30 Dec 2021 Update: A New Year's Poem from the Setters:

All that is cold is not coldest,
Not all cards that are shown have a twin;
The primes, Ptolemy’s was the oldest,
Answers can be found from within.

From the themes an idea shall be woken,
And words from the puzzles shall spring;
Renewed shall be spirits that were broken,
A letter may look like a ring.

10 Jan 2022: The 2021 Armchair Treasure Hunt is now closed. Thank you to all teams who have taken part in this tribute to the unique puzzling brain of James Medhurst. If you have not received a confirmation of receipt for your answer submission please send us an email. Marking will soon be underway and we will share a close to final draft of the answers as soon as possible.
Ahead of the release of the answers to the hunt, here is a video of us hiding the treasure.

16 Jan 2022: Marking is well underway. The provisional answers have been released.